Changes to Visual Studio 2015 XAML debugging tools in RC

XAML Debugging Tools in Review

In my last review of the new Visual Studio 2015 XAML debugging tools (xaml-debugging-tools-vs-snoop) I found a lot to like but a few key shortcomings compared to what has been available in Snoop.

Now that the Release Candidate of Visual Studio 2015 has been released the tools are farther along and closer to what their final state will be at RTM. So how are things progressing? Pretty well!

Most of the key features I identified last time are the same but getting more polished overall. Most of the new changes are in the Live Property Explorer.

Property Explorer in VS 2015 RC

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Enable Developer Mode for Windows 10 Technical Preview

The new Windows 10 Technical Preview released last week (Build 10074) along with the Release Candidate of Visual Studio 2015 should finally allow a larger set of developers to start writing Universal Apps for Windows 10. One of the first things developers are likely to run into when they try to test a Universal App is an error message instructing them to “Enable Developer Mode” through the Windows Settings application. Unfortunately this part of Settings isn’t included in Build 10074.

To allow deployment of apps from Visual Studio you need to use an alternative procedure to change some Group Policy options. Start by running Gpedit.msc (as administrator). Locate “App Package Deployment” under Local Computer Policy-Computer Configuration-Administrative Templates-Windows Components:

Group Policies for Windows 10 Developer Mode

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